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Posted 10/22/2013 by laulley in General Scrappin'
 

laulley
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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:54:41 AM
The thread about fads hits close to home for me this week.

I had a cut/dry emboss machine which I gave away with all of the dies when I got my Cameo. And since they left the premises I haven't had a second thought about them - until this week.

I have re-kindled my interest in card making, and I am beginning to art journal. Between these 2 things I am missing the dry emboss capabilities of a machine like the Big Shot.

I don't miss the cut dies at all - but I would really like to emboss card size panels.

So - if you have any advice for me please weigh in. I'm especially interested in people who use both a manual cutting machine and the cameo. And I would be in the market for dies too. I would probably start out with several embossing dies that I know I would use a lot (dots, florals, etc).

Thanks!



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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:35:16 AM
I have the silhouette and I also do not miss the die cutting manually. I love dry embossing! I never got rid of my sizzix or ANY of the dies. I recently replaced my original Sizzix with a Big Kick. I saw a tutorial where I can use the brass templates to dry emboss. If you are committed to using a machine to dry emboss I say go for it.
Also, I think it so easy to put together a simple card when you can dry emboss. Unless you actually scrapbook and make cards receivers of those cards really enjoy getting these cards and are amazed that the cards are handmade. It is such a good feeling!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:42:08 AM
Thanks Christine - Any advice on what to get since I'm starting over?

Again - I am interested in getting the machine and several embossing folders.



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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:57:58 AM
I started out with a Silhouette SD and upgraded to the Cameo. I'm planning on a Big Shot by the end of the year so that I can emboss for scrapbooking. My LSS has a ton of embossing folders from different brands and I plan on buying basics I can use over and over again. I scrap pretty flat and this will bring some more texture to the mix.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 11:11:01 AM
Hello!! I have a Cuttlebug and I really enjoy it. Although, I do not use it as often as I should I could not imagine giving it away or selling the item. I have dry embossing folders and use them quite often. I really enjoy Tim Holtz new take on the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I also use a Cricut die cutting machine and I just love it. I am partial to it and don't know if I could start over with a Silhouette.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 11:14:06 AM
I have the cuttle bug and use it to emboss all the time. Its one of the cheaper machines too. Somedays I wish I had a bigger platform with the big shot... maybe one day!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 6:28:16 PM
If you have no preference for which folders you would like to purchase then I would recommend the big shot/kick. You can use every brand of folder , embossed with it. Good luck and have fun


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Posted: 10/22/2013 6:58:33 PM
Yes, I did not get rid of my BigShot when I got my Cameo for that reason....I use it for embossing. If you are mainly doing cards, then I would think the BigShot would be fine...it does up to 6 in. wide.

I like my chevron embossing folder, my dots, my leaves one (good for fall, Thanksgiving etc.), my music one (great for Birthdays, Christmas), stars, woodgrain and all the themed ones (Christmas, Birthdays etc..) There's so many!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:06:41 PM
My first die cutting/embossing machine was a Spellbinder's Wizard. It's an all metal workhorse - FABULOUS! When I purchased my Expression, I kept it, since I already had some dies.

I'm very thankful to still have it! I love that I can use any die in it (even those really thick Tim Holtz ones) as well as embossing folders. It's a simple process of setting up the right "sandwich" with the plastic plates.

A couple of yrs ago, HSN had a special purchase of a Grand Calibur (also made by Spellbinders) along with several sets of large Nestie dies sets and dh gave it to me for Christmas that year. I really like the Grand Calibur, but it will not take the super thick TH dies. However, it is WONDERFUL for cardmaking as the platform is large enough to run my card through flat as I emboss the front of it. I also like being able to cut out several things with one pass in addition to being able to use the large dies and the thin metal dies all work great in it.

I didn't think I'd use my manual die cutting machine when I purchased my Expression, but the truth is, the Wizard or Grand Calibur get used even more than my Expression right now. I really think both have their place!

I've lately really been loving several layer stamp sets with coordinating dies for my cards and scrapbooking embellishments from companies like WPlus9! As a result, I don't see myself doing without a manual die cutting machine for a LONG time!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:28:48 PM
Thank you to everyone for the replies! And Alison - thanks for listing some basic embossing folders for me.

I've decided that I'm going to get one and just be really selective with the dies/folders that I purchase.

One more question - is it better to do alphabet/numbers on the cameo or the manual die cut machine? If you use dies and not the cameo - any suggestions for a good set to pick up? I will use them mostly for art journals - so probably fairly large letters.



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Posted: 10/23/2013 2:04:00 AM
I love to art journal. I make all my alpha sets on the Cameo. That way I can mix and match fonts/styles for unique pages.

I have a Cuttlebug & Big Shot. I love my Cuttlebug the most. The Big Shot is more sturdier than the Cuttlebug. I like the Cuttlebug because I know the sandwich recipes so well and I can fold her up while I am working. Big Shot just takes up too much space on my desk. DH has now "stole" my Big Shot.

I love to emboss with my Cuttlebug. I love to use a lot of my dies to cut out materials that the Cameo can't handle. I mainly use a lot of basic nesting shapes.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 6:54:24 AM
I think the cameo is better for alphabets and numbers because you do not need to purchase fonts. You can get any font off of the Internet for free.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 2:05:45 PM
I have a Cameo and a Cuttlebug. I mostly use the Cuttlebug for embossing. There are lots of embossing folders out there and they are fairly inexpensive. Hobby Lobby has their own brand (Paper Studio) and I got some last week when they were 50% off and they were only $2.50. I got a chevron pattern and a spiderweb design, but they had lots of different ones. I agree I would use my Cameo for letters and numbers, more flexibility with any true type fonts.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 3:18:28 PM
I ordered a Big Shot & 2 embossing folder sets that each had 2 patterns. Thanks for the input everyone! It should be here Friday.



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Posted: 10/23/2013 4:08:49 PM
Apples and oranges pretty much with a cameo and a manual cutter. If you want cut thick stuff and layers of fabric in one pass...you need a manual die cutter. A cameo alone is very limiting...no way could I live like that. I love my manual dies and use them quite often. And yes for embossing a die cutter is key.


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Posted: 10/24/2013 1:34:24 AM

I think the cameo is better for alphabets and numbers because you do not need to purchase fonts. You can get any font off of the Internet for free.
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I think I might have been confusing when I posted. I don't purchase fonts. I download them all for free. I still have my gift card money from when I purchased the Silhouette SD several years ago. I have a Cameo now. I have that gift card money too just setting there in my account. I hardly buy anything in the store. I guess I like all my freebies I found on the net.


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Posted: 10/25/2013 11:36:44 PM
I have an extra Big Shot for $35 and a bunch of cuttlebug embossing folders...........$3 each...............sent u a pm.

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Posted: 10/25/2013 11:44:59 PM
I love my big shot and I also have a cricut they definitely have different purposes. I love the abiltiy to emboss and can use any folders with the machine!
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